En­vi­ron­ment stars

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Tatura Pri­mary School’s En­vi­rokids group has added an­other star to its Re­sourceS­mart Schools puz­zle, bring­ing their to­tal to three.

The group is made up of 12 stu­dents in Years 3 to 6 who have been busy putting into prac­tice pro­grams to re­duce waste and im­prove sus­tain­abil­ity at the school.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Mark Gepp pre­sented the group with two cer­tifi­cates on Thurs­day in­clud­ing an ad­di­tional star for the stu­dents’ com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able school.

‘‘It’s won­der­ful to think that we’ve got a group of young kids who are very switched on, acutely aware of the is­sues im­pact­ing our cli­mate and tak­ing ac­tion in terms of waste-free lunches,’’ Mr Gepp said.

He said the pro­gram had been running for a few years and it en­cour­aged stu­dents to be­come re­source-smart and be­come cli­mate-change aware.

‘‘They’re not bring­ing in wrap­pings on their sand­wiches, they’re bring­ing reusable con­tain­ers, they’re com­post­ing their fruit waste for ex­am­ple, they’re mak­ing sure they are re­cy­cling when­ever pos­si­ble, they’ve got wa­ter man­age­ment plans in place (and) they’re grow­ing their own herb gar­dens,’’ Mr Gepp said.

The group, which was elected at the start of the year, meets once a week to have a dis­cus­sion and create a plan of ac­tion for the week.

Mr Gepp said award­ing the stu­dents with an­other star ac­knowl­edged the work they were do­ing through our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

‘‘It’s just won­der­ful to think that while the adults are in some in­stances strug­gling with the is­sue of cli­mate change, the kids aren’t, they’re on top of it, and they’re go­ing gang­busters and it’s fan­tas­tic,’’ he said.

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